Glow Drop DX and Global Games Jam are Out!

Over the last week, I’ve technically had to prepare for two releases, and guess what? Both games are out, and I’ve updated the game menu to include links to them! It’s pretty cool how both games were originally made at 48 hour game jams, and both are being updated as we speak. Feel free to read on about my experiences with Global Games Jam this year, and try out these two releases as soon as possible, all feedback is awesome!

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Ludum Dare 31 Favourites So Far!

So after rating 100 games for Ludum Dare, I thought I’d talk a bit about a few of my favourites from the jam. They may not be the best out of the competition, but these were the ones that I find have an aspect of good entries that each of these succeed at.

Tightrope Theatre

This is the entry done by brilliant flash game developer Jussi Simpanen, aka AdventureIslands. He always does games for jams big and small and his entries usually bring a quirky design and incredible polish to them, and this one is no exception. In Tightrope Theatre you must travel from A to B, all while riding a unicycle avoiding fire, spikes and the ground below. The entire game is 24 levels long, and feels very complete for a game done in two days, although you kind of wish there was more. Knowing that Jussi tends to add new stuff to his entries every now and then, maybe there will be more to this entry.

Jumping ‘n Jumping

This is an example of how you should achieve an innovative game in 48 hours, you use one mechanic with a unique spin and give it as much potential as you can. In this case, the mechanic of the game is jumping, and the unique spin is that your jumps are limited, but will increase depending on how you play. Eduardo uses the mechanic in a room where you have to jump to survive and you get this gem.

Screen Mover

Most game jams have a theme, and as a developer you are free to interpret that theme to whatever for your game: you can use a literal route (in LD31, that would mean literally running the entire game on one screen), the metaphorical route or the technical route. With Screen Mover, Sh1rogane decided to go beyond literal and technical with the theme to produce something that may look like a simple platform prototype, until you quickly realise you have to move the game window to progress. The only issue with this idea is that keyboard input it locked while the window moves, but the post jam version does fix this.

The Hyperbeam

Sometimes you don’t have to make a game that’s fun to make it a good entry, you can tell a story, show off some great music or in this case, make some really beautiful graphics. The puzzle game elements are clever, but this game is really good at showing off bloom and neon. It just makes it look wonderful, and the music is really soothing as well. As you may tell from my entry, I love neon glow, and this game does a great job at showing it off.

Swotch

If all else fails, just make a game that is fun to play, and make it addictive for an added bonus. This game’s style reminds me a lot of Terry Cavanagh’s Super Hexagon, and since the developer is planning an Android/iOS release, I recommend him get Chipzel to do music for the game.

Don’t forget to play my entry Glow Drop if you haven’t already.

Ralph Baer & Ludum Dare 31

https://i1.wp.com/www.vintagecomputing.com/wp-content/images/interviews/baer_harrison_pong_3_large.jpgI would first like to start this post by talking about Ralph Baer, wildly known as the father of video games who passed away on December 6th. Since 1966 he always had the idea of games that can be displayed on television screens, and developed what he calls “the brown box” which had rotary controls and played a simple tennis game with two panels and a square ball. This patented idea eventually got picked up by TV manufacturer Magnavox and became the Odyssey, wildly considered the first video games console. Along with essentially founding computer and video games as we know it today, he also invented the classic electronic game Simon (and its sequel Super Simon) and carried on developing and tinkering with electronic prototypes, giving him 150 patents to his name.

He lived a full life and his work has lead to the creation of the largest entertainment history, and lot of gamers and game developers are where they are today because of his work.

So last weekend was Ludum Dare, the 31st bi-annual 48-hour games jam. The theme for this one was “Entire Game on One Screen”, a bit basic for a theme but it’s much better than the joke theme that got a lot hype in the voting stages (no snowmen please!).

You can play my entry right now, it’s called Glow Drop and it’s a physics based puzzle game, just click the image below to go to the Ludum Dare page!

I initially wanted to develop my entry using HaxeFlixel, but software issues struck and I was unable to use it, and since on the Saturday I spent most of my time developing on a train to London with no wi-fi, I decided to switch to using Construct2.

While I didn’t really feel motivated to using Construct2 again after spending over a year developing a certain award nominated stealth game using it, turns out for the game I ended up making it was worthwhile. Construct2 has one of the most easiest physics set up out of any engine I’ve used, and since the entire game has to be on a single screen, it’s much easier to manage a visual layout than a coded game state

Since I was out with friends and family for most of Saturday, I was hoping to release for the 72-hour jam. However, when I noticed that most of the game and the graphics were finished with four hours remaining, I felt like I could pull it off and upload for the compo, and I succeeded!

I’m already getting positive comments so far, so I might use a day or two from my Christmas break to polish the game more and release it as a mobile game! If you guys like the idea let me know if there is anything I could add/change to make it work!

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Secret of Escape – Nearly Ready for Release

I’m happy to announce that Secret of Escape is now at the stage where release is on the horizon, so currently we are getting promotional content ready and getting a release date set so we can let as many content publishers and gamers know that we are coming.

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GBJam 3 Overview

Those who have been following me on Twitter have been aware for a while of GBJam, an online games jam, and of course, I’ve been working on a game for it. Therefore as today marks the end of the third GBJam, this article will be a part-summary, part-showcase and part-post mortem of the GBJam.

Play my entry, Galaticus, on GameJolt

Vote for it on GBJam

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Secret of Escape – One Year On

Hello everyone! I figured it’d be the best time to announce that on this day, one year ago, I uploaded a game that I worked on for a week long game jam called the Midsummer Jam Week simply named, Secret of Escape. As such, this post is dedicated to showing how much I’ve progressed in a single year, and mention some of the significant changes made over time. A lot has changed from the day I decided to continue work on this game jam entry of mine.

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New images of BOOM and other updates

Hello everyone!

I’ve been hard at work with my new artist Sam Denvir on BOOM: Firework Defence Unit, and we’ve got so much to show you guys!! So first off, may I present the game’s new official logo!

Firework Defence Unit Game Logo

I’ve also put together a few screenshots of what the game looks like so far:

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There’s still a few things to be added, and I’ve also got an audio engineer on board for music and sound effects. We still don’t have a set release date, but of course, we are aiming to release before the deadline of the Construct2 Touch Jam.

I’ve also been hard at work on two assignments, I’ve finished my first Android game as a University assignment, and I hope to find a way to release it so you can all try it out! For my assignments, I’m working on a 2D Physics Engine in Allegro and a 3D game in DirectX11, so I’ve been very busy as of late.

Despite all this though, I’m very excited to see how all this turns out. Hopefully I can have a break over the summer so I can work on Siegfried, which I’ve barely updated since its submission in the Blitz Open Day this year.

First Windows 8 game! Survivor of the Green Monsters!

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Hello everyone! I thought I’d like to share you a quick new game I’ve made. The game is called Survivor of the Green Monsters, a mini-arcade shooter for the Windows 8 platform made in the Construct2.

Description:

In the game, you are a lone soldier on a desolate planet, you are trapped in one position with only the ability to turn and shoot at enemies with infinite ammunition. Green Monsters crawl towards you in all direction, starting off one-by-0ne before slowly increasing in rate. The aim is to shoot down as many green monsters before you lose all your health. Luckily, random power ups spawn, a health pack and a fire pack. Both can assist you in lasting longer and shooting enemies quicker.

 

Concept:

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The main idea around this very simple game idea was that shooters commonly require you to move around, but what about a game where you cannot move at all. By restricting the player’s ability to move, it relies on the importance of shooting all enemies, as well as the need to survive as long as possible.


Why I made it:

One of the main reasons was to try new developing tools. After being so use to Visual Studio and programming most of my games (I haven’t used a proper game development engine since Game Maker 8 over three years ago). I also like to try new ideas for games instead of what my mind normally focuses on, (one of the reasons I took part in this year’s GameJam).

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At the moment, the game is going through the review process to be on the Window’s Store. It’ll be for free, since the artwork is from the tutorial work on the Construct2 website, so fingers crossed to see if it goes online. I’ll see if there is a way non-Windows 8 users can use it in the meantime.